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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Dogs head on the road for three, "Road Trip Diary" back again, $7 a ticket Tuesday, Marlon Sabo article in BCHL Magazine, Alberni Wrestling hosts Invational this weekend!

The Dogs are on the bus today as they make their way to the Kootenays to face the Smokies in Trail tomorrow before heading to the Okanagan to face Westside Friday and Vernon on Saturday.

I will be bringing back the "Road Trip Diary" on the blog again to keep you all up to date. For those that didn't follow the team last year or years previous, it's pretty simple - I update throughout the day/night etc where we are and what we are doing. I did the same thing last year on the longer roadies and got some great feedback from the families and fans so I will do it again even though I fear my phone bill already!

The Dogs will head back home Sunday, and host Cowichan Tuesday and the Dogs are doing their best to pack the shack with $7.00 TICKETS! Read more...

We are rolling back the price!

January 30, 2012


Port Alberni, BC – We are rolling back the prices on the 7th of February when your Alberni Valley Bulldogs host the island rival Cowichan Valley Capitals! All ticket prices, Senior, Adult, and Students will be just $7.00!

“Come out and enjoy a night of great entertainment and great Jr. A Hockey action,” said director of sales and marketing Laurie Smilie. “The Bulldogs have been playing with a lot of energy as of late and this is a game that is sure not to disappoint.”

Game tickets can be purchased in person at the Alberni Valley Bulldogs office located at 3737 Roger Street or by phone at 250-723-4412 Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Game time happens to also be at 7pm.

For more information contact Director of Marketing and Public Relations Laurie Smillie
at 250-723-4412, 250-735-3647 or

Very cool story here from the Bulldogs on Facebook regarding Marlon Sabo being featured in the latest issue of the BCHL's "Smart Hockey" magazine in their "Academic All-Stars" edition. Check out Page 14 online by CLICKING HERE

That's it for now, off to the bus tomorrow AM with plenty of updates throughout the day from the road!

One of the problems with the Alberni Invitational being hosted in the Alberni Valley Multiplex is that more often than not the Bulldogs are a long ways away on the road as the building is unavailable, and as such I can't catch all the action and I have to miss the spectacle, just like this year.

In my 9 years in Port Alberni I have been able to see the Invitational ONCE as a couple of years ago the Bulldogs were on the road but just on the Island. I was blown away with the set up, the organization, and last but not least the quality of wrestling. I even had the opportunity to call the finals on SHAW TV with Charles Mealey and Ryan Dvorak, which was a very cool experience. Sadly I won't be able to see it this year. I urge you to get down to the Multiplex and check this great event out if you haven't before! It is something else!



The 29th Annual Alberni Invitational Wrestling Tournament is scheduled for the Alberni Valley Multiplex February 2-4, 2012.  The Invitational will bring over 600 competitors from all over B.C. to the Valley for three days of intense wrestling action in five different age groups plus another 200 in categories such as the Open, Elementary and a new Grappling division.  .

The Alberni Invitational is widely considered the most prestigious high school wrestling tournament in B.C. and has received recognition across Canada.  The tournament begins on Thursday, February 2nd   with weigh-ins for boys and girls in the secondary aged divisions at 6:00 p.m. at Glenwood.

The Alberni Invitational tournament action will run all day on Friday, February 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.  This year the Friday will be divided into age group sessions. The Cadet (grade 9-10) and Juvenile (grade 11-12) will run Friday morning from 9 am to noon.. There will be a short lunch break before they run the Elementary (grades 3-5) and School Age (grades 6-8) divisions from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. The Cadet and Juvenile divisions run again from 3:30 – 5:30 pm before a short dinner break. School Age, Cadet and Juvenile start up again at 6 pm along with the Open division.

Friday night at 7:00 p.m. will feature the ever-popular semi-finals. Friday night will also feature the Open division where alumni and college wrestlers can test their skills. The conclusion of the rest of the preliminary matches in the age class divisions will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Medal matches will start at about 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The finals in the Schoolboy/girl division (grade 6-8) and Cadet (gr 9-10) will start at noon on Saturday. The Juvenile (grade 11-12) finals start at 2:30 pm on Saturday and wrap up by 3:30 p.m.  There is not cost for spectators for the preliminaries and the finals are by donation.

Returning to this year’s Invitational will be the Grappling division that will run on Saturday. Grappling is another variation of wrestling that is now sanctioned by the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association. It combines many of the techniques and actions of wrestling with various martial arts disciplines. Alberni Wrestling has partnered with Dragon Martial Arts once again offer this dimension to the Alberni Invitational this year..

Registrations for grappling are open to all interested participants of all ages. Registration and weigh-in for grappling will take place Thursday night at Glenwood or Friday night at the Multiplex at 7:30 pm with grappling action starting soon after 9 am Saturday morning. There will be a grappling official’s clinic Friday evening at 7:30 am and an athlete’s rules clinic at 8:30 am Saturday. Make sure you come out to watch this exciting new action.

Not only do local fans have an opportunity for some great competition at the Invitational, you also will once again see very competitive Alberni wrestlers.  The ADSS Boys team is currently ranked #6 in the province and will likely battle it out with over 60 other schools for the team title in the Juvenile and Cadet divisions. These teams include #1 ranked Burnaby Central and # 2 ranked Guildford Park of Surrey and other top teams such as Abby Traditional, John Oliver, Burnaby South and WJ Mouat Secondary of Abbotsford.  

In the Juvenile Girls division ADSS is ranked # 2 or 3  in BC with Carson Graham of North Vancouver #1.   Yale and Terry Fox round out the top 4 girl’s teams.   In the Schoolboy/girl division Alberni will have strong teams from Neill and Dunn Middle Schools and both schools should be in the top 10. Ucluelet Secondary will also have wrestlers in most age divisions.

The AV Times will feature pictures and write ups next week on all the top local wrestlers to watch at the 2012 Invitational. It will be an exciting few days of wrestling action in the place many observers call 

 “The Wrestling Capital of Canada – Port Alberni! “

For more information contact Tournament Director TOM McEVAY--- Phone home:724-0577 or work: 723-3744; email


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